North Charleston announces 2010 gun buy back program

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The City of North Charleston announced Wednesday a program to reduce the number of guns on the city's streets.

The 2010 Gun Buy Back Initiative is an opportunity to turn guns over to authorities with no questions asked.  In exchange for the guns, those turning in weapons will get a $100 gift card for each handgun and a $50 card for each long gun or shotgun turned in.

Residents must be 18 years old and follow state concealed weapons laws when bringing guns to the drop off sites.  The program is open to only North Charleston residents, and no more than three guns per vehicle are allowed.  The guns must be in working order, and no payments will be made to gun dealers.

There are two drop off sites located at Calvary AME Church at 2040 Groveland Avenue, and the New Covenant Church of God at 7363 Stall Road.  The initiative will take place Saturday, December 18 from 10 a.m. until noon.

In 2009, police collected 127 weapons.  Law enforcement will process the guns, which will then be destroyed.

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